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All Aboard the Steam Train

The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway have reopened the train line from Ludborough to North Thoresby - the first with fare-paying passengers at North Thoresby since 1970.

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

The 1960's was a time of cuts in the rail industry. The famous Beeching Axe, meant that thousands of people in rural areas had their only form of public transport taken away from them, as their local train station closed.

Lincolnshire suffered greatly at the hands of Dr Richard Beeching. Stations closed across the county - including those at Louth and Ludborough.

The railway used to be the East Lincolnshire line, however it closed in 1961. But some were saved over time with the help of lots of volunteers. Including those at the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway.

Ludborough Station

Ludborough Station

Rebuilding the Line

After the closure British Rail quickly lifted the track, and bulldozed all the buildings so making the rebuilding of the line much more difficult.

In 1984 the operating base at Ludborough was set up, the line being leased from British Rail. Following a public enquiry in 1991,  Light Railway Order was granted to the Great Northern & East Lincolnshire plc, which allowed them to develop the line.

In August, the first public passenger train for more than 47 years, ran between Ludborough Station and North Thoresby.

Engine Driver, David Neil

Engine Driver, David Neil

All Aboard

The railway ran its first train in 1998, and has been working hard since then to extend the railway the extra miles to link the two villages. It's been a culmination of a large number of people's efforts, in all weathers, and under all conditions, to make the dream a reality.

Ludborough station has been redeveloped to how it once was. There's now a signal box, built in the original Great Northern style, a waiting room which is home to a small museum and shop, a paved platform and a 2 lane engine shed.

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